From the bride: For us, the key things about our day was; family, friends, food and music. This resulted in us having a large wedding in a venue with an award winning chef but only finalising the date when we confirmed with our favourite band that they were available. Flowers, dress, makeup, hair, photos – these were less important to us.
We are not religious and our civil wedding was going to be a first for many of our friends and family. It was important to us that our guests felt our wedding had as much ceremony as a church wedding. Hence we had a ceremony booklet much like a mass booklet and filled our ceremony with poems, readings, music and singing.
Autumn and Halloween has always been my favourite time of year. I love the autumn colours and the weather once again forcing you to cozy up inside with a fire. When I was a child we always celebrated Halloween with family and friends, playing games, building bonfires and eating sweets. In college we threw a Halloween house party every year. Then at a Halloween party in 2006, when I was coincidentally all dressed all in white (as an angel); I met my husband.
Hence Halloween was definitely the theme of our wedding. My dress was diamond white and I accessorized our wedding in white, Autumn golds and oranges, and Halloween orange and purples. Our wedding invitations were diamond white, with purple and orange trimming. A small image on one of the information cards of two intertwined pumpkins with carved hearts for eyes was the subtle hint of a Halloween theme.
The setting for our wedding was the beautiful Lough Erne Golf Resort. It was one of the few venues that could handle a large number for a civil ceremony. Unfortunately though we would need to use the same room for our entire day. To alleviate the boredom of this and in so far as the budget would allow; we decided to change the layout and décor of the room at each stage, the ceremony, dinner and then dancing.
For the ceremony the room was decorated in gold damask chair covers, white bows and autumn coloured flowers. An orchestral trio played songs from Ghost, Twilight and my sister and cousin sang a duet from Phantom of the Opera.
For the meal the room was filled with gold covered round tables with autumn flowers and candelabras in the centre. The wedding cake was autumnal; carrot cake, toffee apple and of course chocolate. It was trimmed in Halloween décor and topped with two wedding ghosts.
Finally for the evening reception, the tables were covered in black tablecloths and black lanterns with Halloween decorations strewn around the place and most important – Trick or Treat sweets!
My favourite part of the day was being out in the woods with just Colin and the photographer getting photos taken. I was in this big dress, my new husband in his fancy morning dress. Trudging through fallen leaves, climbing over branches, perilously close to falling in a lake. It is exactly who we are as a couple; we are both outdoorsy and love hiking through forests.
Also sneaking up to our bedroom in our honeymoon suite with friends and jumping on the bed.